The Obscure Rules Got These 'Jeopardy!' Contestants A Second Chance

Growing up, I watched Groundhog’s Day about a million times. My favorite part about watching movies when I was younger was imagining what I would do if I was in Bill Murray’s situation reliving my life again and again and again.

The film did an amazing job of playing out all of the mundane scenarios involving daily reincarnation. But my favorite part is Bill Murray’s deadpan delivery of crushing absolutely every single Jeopardy! answer while his fellow Bed and Breakfast mates looked on in horror.

Whenever I watch Jeopardy!, I think of that movie. In fact, I kind of hated all game shows, except for The Price is Right before watching Groundhog’s Day — it made me actually appreciate Alex Trebek and his throwback mustache.

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Now if you’re a Jeopardy! fanatic, then you’re probably aware of all the show’s rules, but there are a few not-so-known ones that even the most avid watchers would appreciate.

Which brings us to Ryan Fenster, a 4-game winner who’s returning to the show after questioning an answer incorrectly.

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Fenster’s last game saw the bespectacled contestant faced with a Double Jeopardy! question worth $ 1,200. The answer was “St. Thomas died traveling to Lyon, France while attempting to heal this rift between the Latin & Greek churches.” 

Fenster answered, “What is the Great Schism?” which was ruled as wrong.

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Fenster’s dismissal after answering the question incorrectly caught the attention of Matthew Sherman, who started his career working with the Jeopardy! team some 13 years ago as a researcher. 

Sherman now works on mobile game versions of the show, but he still pays attention to each episode and Fenster’s “Great Schism” question troubled him, because Sherman was quite sure that was the answer.

“I was watching the show that day and I saw that question come up. And I also thought the response was ‘Great Schism.'”

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After heading to Google, Sherman discovered that Fenster was indeed, correct. ‘The Great Schism’ could refer to the East-West Schism of 1054, but also the Western Schism of 1378, which was Fenster’s Double Jeopardy! question.

“I thought that was curious, so I emailed Billy Wisse, the head writer over at Jeopardy!,” Sherman said. Wisse contacted Sherman after reviewing the clue in question, and welcomed Fenster back on the show to get a crack at winning his fifth straight Jeopardy! contest and officially joining the hallowed ranks of ‘Streaker.’ 

Not that kind of streaker, you pervs.

Now Fenster isn’t the first contestant in Jeopardy! history to be brought back onto the show.

India Cooper, 1991

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Cooper was brought back after answering a Shakespeare question “incorrectly.” The clue? “The name of the character who says, ‘The evil that men do lives after them’.” India was brought back after the faulty clue and won 5 games after the show discovered its error.

Tom Morris, 2008

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Tom ended up losing to Paul Thomas in game #5454 in 2008, but when Paul was allowed extra time to write his answer down after his tablet malfunctioned, Morris was invited back on because the hiccup caused him a disadvantage.

Ashley Wilson, 2015

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This Final Jeopardy! clue did Wilson in: “The first woman space shuttle pilot shares this surname with a man on the 1st manned lunar landing 26 years earlier.” She bet all of her money on the clue and ended up coming in last place. However, upon further review, the show’s judges informed Trebek that there was a problem with the phrasing of the question. At the end of the episode he said, “Our bad, folks. Today’s Final Jeopardy! should have referred to the entire Apollo 11 mission rather than to just the lunar landing part of it. We feel that Ashley might have been disadvantaged and so we have invited her to return to play again later this week.”

She came back to the show to win on December 31st, 2015.

Vincent Valenzuela, 2018

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A spelling error got Valenzuela invited back on the show. The Final Jeopardy! question was supposed to read “this” and not “his,” which could’ve been responsible for Valenzuela’s incorrect response. It was reported that he was invited back on the show.

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Jimmy And Billy Kimmel Ask Congress To Fund Health Care For Kids After Second Surgery

When Jimmy Kimmel’s son Billy was born earlier this year, the comedian revealed that his newborn son was born with a heart disease that required open heart surgery just days after entering the world.  

At the time, the comedian slammed the Republican healthcare plan, which has since been shot down, pointing out that after the further surgeries his son will require, Billy would probably have exceeded his lifetime allowance and be uninsurable if it weren’t for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dubbed Obamacare.  

And last week, Kimmel took a break from a show so that he could be with Billy as her underwent a second surgery. On Monday’s show, the two made a triumphant return to the show after the successful operation. 

Kimmel took the opportunity to ask Congress to renew CHIP, or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan. The program provides coverage to the kids of families who don’t qualify for Medicaid, and also don’t have health care from their employer. 

The bill has typically had bipartisan support, but Kimmel accused Congress members of using the bill as a bargaining chip to attempt to pass their tax plan. CHIP’s budget ran out in October, and so far, Congress hasn’t approved any further funding

Kimmel appealed to viewers to call their Congressional representatives and ask them to renew CHIP before they go any further with tax negotiations. 

You can watch the full segment below: 

People on social media were understandably touched by the emotional return. 

Well, that was emotional. 

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2016 Will Last An Extra Second Because We Haven't Suffered Enough Already

Every four years, we add a leap day to compensate for the fact that the Earth takes a little longer than a calendar year to make a complete orbit around the sun. Without them, we’d eventually have snow in the middle of June. 

Well, to compensate for an unexpected slowdown in the Earth’s rotation this year, scientists have decided to add an extra second to 2016 to help keep us in sync. 

The National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom uses an atomic clock to provide a stable and continuous timescale for the world’s less accurate clocks to follow. And they need to add the extra second to the New Year’s countdown because standard time is currently lagging behind atomic clocks.

So as the clocks strike midnight tomorrow, they’ll show a time of 23:59:60 at the very end, delaying 2017 for a second. 

NPL senior research scientist Peter Whibberley explained:

“Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably.”

“Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time.”

“Although the drift is small – taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one-hour difference – if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”

The problem? 2016 has been kind of a terrible year, so people aren’t too happy about having to sit through another second it.

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The 31 Funniest Tweets About The Second Presidential Debate Of 2016

If you thought the first presidential debate was bad, then you weren’t prepared for the show the free world was just treated to.

Between Trump’s surprise pre-debate guest panel, his (admittedly hilarious) quick quips, and constantly giving answers to questions he wasn’t asked, you could tell from the moment that they started the debate that he came to fight, and boy was it a show.

When both parties met on stage, the customary handshake was declined. The first half hour was akin to relatives arguing at Thanksgiving dinner. The famous Trump sniffle also returned, along with a potential 3rd candidate that crashed the party by landing on Hillary’s face, and the entire 90-minute SNL-esque event leaves us all wondering what to expect in 10 days, when the third and final debate takes place.

People had plenty to say on Twitter tonight, mainly because there was plenty to comment on. They’ll be talking about this for days.

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'Making A Murderer' Is Getting A Second Season, Here's Everything We Know

Remember earlier this year when everyone was losing their minds over Making A Murderer? Well, Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are about to make a return. Netflix has confirmed that season 2 is currently in production. 

The new episodes will feature Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner as she takes on the case. In a statement, show runners Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said:

“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series.

“The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold.”

There’s no word on when it will be released, or how many episodes we’ll get, so we’re just going to have to wait patiently for that. 

If you’ve forgotten the facts, here’s a quick run down. In 1985, Avery was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years for sexual assault. He was set free in 2003 after advances proved that it was another man. But he Dassey were quickly accused and found guilty of murdering 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. 

Many believe that they were set up by police in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, to avoid a $ 36 million lawsuit for the wrongful conviction. You can read more about that here

Fans are understandably excited by the show’s return…

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